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Fly to Malindi Marine Nature Reserve, Kenya

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12+ years

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12+ years

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Malindi Marine Nature Reserve - Kenya

The Malindi Marine Nature Reserve consists of the Malindi Marine Park, the Watamu Marine Park, the beaches as well as a buffer zone out towards the ocean.

Picture turquoise seas, coral gardens, fringing reefs, sea grass areas, mangroves and lagoons full of colourful fish and corals as well as white, palm-fringed beaches and you’re dreaming of the Malindi Marine Nature Reserve.

How does one describe 'more beautiful, special'? This is a veritable paradise providing the perfect getaway.



Main Attractions

The Malindi Marine Nature Reserve is a beautiful protected area on the east coast of Kenya. The main attractions of these two marine parks are:

  • Some of the best snorkelling and diving along the African east coast
  • Try your luck at some excellent deep-sea fishing
  • Stunning white palm-fringed beaches
  • Turtle hatching and breeding
  • Excellent bird watching
  • Water sports

 

Diving and snorkelling in an underwater paradise

Snorkelling and diving are some of the best ways to really appreciate what is down there, but even if you are not keen to stick your head under water you can still marvel at the underwater world with a glass bottom boat trip.

Deep-sea fishing

Fishing is not allowed within the two marine parks, but limited fishing is allowed within the reserve and deep-sea fishing is a popular activity.

Stunning white palm-fringed beaches

Sunbathing can be done anywhere on the reserve’s beaches but a popular spot is Magic Island which disappears at high tide and magically re-appears at low tide.

Turtle hatching and breeding

Green and hawksbill turtle breed in the park, and you can also find other turtles as well as dolphins and about 300 species of fish.

Birdwatching

Many birds can be found in the reserve and guided tours are possible.

Watersports

Other watersports are also very popular and all are offered along the coast. Think windsurfing, kite surfing, and surfing as well as jet skiing, parasailing and dhow sailing. What better way to end the day on a traditional dhow, having a drink whilst the sun sets in a beautiful African sky.

 

 

Information for visitors

Did you know?

  • There is a turtle-breeding area on the beach right next to the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) Marine headquarter. If you are lucky you might be able to see baby turtles make their way to the ocean after hatching on the beach.

  • Mida Creek has an excellent mangrove boardwalk where you can take guided tours. It is a large salt-water lagoon with huge mangrove forests full of birds and providing a breeding ground for turtles. It is an excellent spot for bird watching and canoe trips are also available.

  • The Malindi Marine National Park (part of the Malindi Marine Nature Reserve) is Africa’s oldest marine park.

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Popular Activities

  1. Diving and Snorkelling
  2. Dhow cruises
  3. Photography
  4. Glass bottom boats
  5. Bird watching
  6. Canoeing
  7. Turtle hatching
  8. Spa treatment

Malindi is sometimes called ‘little Italy’ and some of the best restaurants are owned by Italians, so a great pizza and beautiful pasta dishes are easy to find. Being on the coast means it is always hot in Malindi so there is always a good excuse to try the excellent Italian gelato.

Seafood can be found everywhere, is super fresh and delicious. But of course there are other options too, including Kenya’s own nyama choma (barbequed meat), ugali and other local dishes.

Some restaurants are located right on the beach and offer spectacular views right from your table.